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NYC Engagement - Carl Schurz Park and West Village at Sunrise - Casey and Jeff

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I have a special appreciation for couples that are willing to do sunrise shoots. The light is gorgeous, and the New York City streets are empty. Casey and Jeff were not only willing… they were excited for our adventure!

We caught the beautiful sunrise near their home at Carl Schurz Park before heading to the West Village to Aria Wine Bar, where they had their first date. :)

Casey and Jeffrey, I love how easy you are to laugh, even at 6 in the morning. Your energy is absolutely contagious, and I cannot wait to see your wedding photos!!! In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek from your engagement shoot!

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West Village Engagement Photos - NYC - Kelly and Johannes

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Sometimes when you have plans, and all your friends cancel on you, it pays off to go alone. You might end up having an awesome night, and you also might happen to meet the love of your life.

Almost 8 years ago, Kelly had plans to go see some jazz at the famed Garage Restaurant and Cafe in the West Village. Unfazed when her friends decided not to go, Kelly went alone, and that is where she met Johannes, who was in New York on vacation from his home in Germany. Even though they hit it off, Kelly didn’t think it could really be anything serious, given the distance between them!

Still, they found themselves Skyping every day without fail and visiting each other every few months. After 5 years, Johannes moved to New York, where the two have been enjoying their short-distance relationship for about 3 years.

Kelly and Johannes, your story is inspiring. Even more than that, you two are inspiring! It was such a joy to visit the West Village, where it all began, to celebrate your engagement. Each of you are magnetic, effervescent, and kind, and it’s no wonder that you simply couldn’t let each other go. I cannot wait for the wedding!!

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West Village and Washington Square Park Marriage Portraits - NYC - Hyo Jung and Derek

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“I don’t know if you knew this, but I was obsessed with you in high school.”

That was me, during our photo shoot, revealing to Hyo Jung that I became totally infatuated with her after she did an epic presentation about samurai in our senior year World History class. We had always been very friendly throughout middle and high school, but when she came into our first period history class and *became* a samurai warrior, complete with props and an action-movie soundtrack, my eyes were newly opened to the force of nature that is Hyo Jung.

When she reached out to me about photographing her marriage celebration with Derek, I was overjoyed until I realized I couldn't do it. Bummed at missing out on the chance, I basically begged her and Derek to come do some portraits with me another time. And I’m so glad I did!  Mostly because I got to reunite with Hyo Jung and see that she had married a kind, sweet man who is totally in love with her.

Hyo Jung and Derek, I am so happy for the two of you!  Hyoj, it was so great to reunite for such a happy occasion. Derek, clearly it didn’t take a samurai suit for you to fall in love with this very special woman. I am so thrilled for you both.

Enjoy this sneak peek!

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